It spreads over an area of more than a million sq km, an area much bigger than the Mesopotamian and the Egyptian Civilizations which are famous for their sepulchral splendor. Though technologically innovative, the Indus Civilization in marked by a modesty and the functionality of its architecture and artifacts.
"The most controversial and sought after animal in Indian archaeology has been the horse," writes the author. "At
"I have a book open before me on my desk which is about the ancient civilisation of Mohenjo-daro. Apart from the pottery, toys, figurines and ornaments, diggings at Mohenjo-daro . . .."
There are almost no concise, up-to-date accounts of the ancient Indus civilization, locating the latest facts and opinions within a larger intellectual context. Has the Indus script been deciphered? What can we say about the relationship of ancient Indus traditions and modern Hinduism? How did Indus society compare to contemporary Bronze Age Egypt and Mesopotamia? Why do so many questions remain open and so contentious?
A BOOK REVIEW of Asko Parpola's investigation of twin roots of Hinduism, the religion brought to South Asia in the second millennium BCE by speakers of Aryan or Indo-Iranian languages, and the more enigmatic Indus civilization of the third millennium BCE.
With a note by Iravatham Mahadevan.
One of the least understood or investigated issues is the prehistory of the Indian subcontinent, long before the Indus civilization (3500-1700 BCE) and before Mehrgarh (ca. 7000 BCE).
How the Indus Civilization Was Discovered
Events leading to the IVC's public recognition as a major episode in Indian history in 1924. Told in an accessible way and based on new research into original ASI documents by a well-respected scholar.
The 1972 book detailing the first excavations at Lothal by S.R. Rao, the discoverer in of the site in 1954. With some good and important albeit black and white illustrations.
Illustrated with color photos on every nearly page, the book is accessible to a general audience while discussing the latest scholarly research.
Being an official account Archaeological Excavations at Mohenjo-daro carried out by the Government of India between the years 1927 and 1931. A 2 volume work by one of the key site excavators.
This volume is a study exploring multiple perceptions of Indian history and related scholarship produced through archaeological fieldwork during the colonial period.
Excellent photographs and up-to-date on research. Covers the ancient Indus, the Vedic Age, the rise of Buddhism and the Guptas.
Winter on the Plain of Ghosts is an epic story of sorcery, religious conflict, political intrigue and ecological disaster in the lost cities of the Indus Valley.
The ancient world of Mesopotamia (from Sumer to the subsequent division into Babylonia and Assyria) vividly comes alive in this portrayal of the time period from 3100 BCE to the fall of Assyria (612 BCE) and Babylon (539 BCE).
This second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia defines the concepts, customs, and notions specific to the civilization of ancient Mesopotamia, from adult adoption to ziggurats.
This work is a revealing study of the enigmatic Indus civilization and how a rich repertoire of archaeological tools is being used to probe its puzzles.
The archaeological remains in the Gulf area are astounding, and still relatively unexplored. Michael Rice has produced the first up-to-date book, which encompasses all the recent work in the area.
A really important book bringing together the data from many different scientific disciplines to spell out what (little) we know of humanoid history in the sub-continent. In many ways, a life's work by an important scientist who made important contributions to the study of Indus people and their forerunners.